Chip Kelly could be back, in college football

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Former Oregon, Philadelphia Eagles, and San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly could be back in the game. At the college level.

Via Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports, Kelly has become of the three prime candidates to replace Jim McElwain as the head coach at the University of Florida. Others are UCF coach Scott Frost and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen.

Thamel explains that, if Kelly becomes the top choice (and if he’s interested), a deal could happen fairly quickly. Kelly may want to get a better sense of the other jobs that have opened (Tennessee) or that may become open in the coming weeks.

However it plays out, Kelly’s return is far more likely to happen at the college level. Despite taking the Eagles to the playoffs in his first year with the team, his final two seasons in Philadelphia and his only one in San Francisco have fully and completely removed the shine from his new-school head-coaching ways at the NFL level.

Kelly also expressed interest in becoming an NFL offensive coordinator, and he was linked to openings with the Jaguars and Falcons earlier this year. Depending on how the coaching carousel plays out this year (and as discussed in the first hour of Tuesday’s PFT Live, the over-under on vacancies is 7.5), Kelly could end up getting a look-see in that capacity.

18 responses to “Chip Kelly could be back, in college football

  1. There’s no reason for Dan Mullin to leave Mississippi St. He has a good thing going there and could be their coach for life.

  2. It’s funny how a good coach can turn into a bad coach. Kelly was a great college coach. He took over a 4-12 Eagles team and coached them to back to back 10-6 seasons. Then the front office turned into a mess. They didn’t have a football guy (much like Cleveland now), so Kelly had to play the role of coach/GM. It was a bad situation, and Kelly lost the power struggle. The Eagles finally hired a football scout (Joe Douglas), and they drafted a legit franchise QB. While Kelly was there, he did clean up the locker room and now they’re 8-1. I’d say he did quite well as a GM. Then he went to San Francisco. That place was a disaster. The owners had just fired Jim Harbaugh and in favor of Jim Tomsula. No, I’m not kidding. They really did that. Once again, there was a front office power struggle going on, and the same organization that let Harbaugh get away, let Kelly get away. Did getting rid of Kelly solve S.F.’s problems? Well, they’re 1-9. They just won their first game last week. So now we see how well Philly is doing, thanks in part to Kelly’s role as the GM, and we see that S.F. was a train wreck anyway. Now Kelly doesn’t look so bad again. Funny how that works. How did Cleveland let Belichick get away? Funny how that works.

  3. “How did Cleveland let Belichick get away? Funny how that works.”

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    Modell fired Belichick when he moved the team to Baltimore. Study the history of the game a little more…

  4. Looks like Chip Kelly himself posted a response earlier. He was a horrible GM. He will never be successful with grown men. I also would not be surprised if the college game has passed him by based off of how stubborn his playcalling was. Oregon aside, I don’t see him having success at a big name school bc the fans will cry too much in this Twitter world. I think he could have success at a UCF as mentioned above. He needs his players tp be much better than his opponents’ to win.

  5. charliecharger
    Nov 15, 2017, 7:26 AM EST

    “He took over a 4-12 Eagles team and coached them to back to back 10-6 seasons. Then the front office turned into a mess. They didn’t have a football guy (much like Cleveland now), so Kelly had to play the role of coach/GM. It was a bad situation, and Kelly lost the power struggle….”

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    Ummm…no.

    Chip *won* the power struggle and gained full control of personnel…which he *wanted.* in his mind he was the *only* “football guy” the Eagles needed. He *made* their front office a mess. It didn’t just “become” one. He also made their football team a cap-strapped picture of aging mediocrity with the arrow pointed down.

    The guy whe wrested control from in that power struggle was alleged “non-football Guy,” Howie Roseman. Howie has spent the last year and a half cleaning up the mess Chip made. And judging from the way they’re playing, with depth enough to sustain injuries to Peters, Sproles, Hicks, and Darby, I’d say that the “non-football guy” is doing a better job than Chip.

  6. i see 5 potential openings this season.

    1) FLA
    2) VOLS
    3) Arkansas (Beilama SUCKS)
    4) UCLA
    5) Texas A&M

    My irish would be on the list, but i think we have turned it around enough this season to give fellow Mass Native BK another season.. Also GO IRISH GO NAVY!

  7. funny how a good coach can turn into a bad coach. Kelly was a great college coach. He took over a 4-12 Eagles team and coached them to back to back 10-6 seasons. Then the front office turned into a mess. They didn’t have a football guy (much like Cleveland now), so Kelly had to play the role of coach/GM. It was a bad situation, and Kelly lost the power struggle. The Eagles finally hired a football scout (Joe Douglas), and they drafted a legit franchise QB. While Kelly was there, he did clean up the locker room and now they’re 8-1. I’d say he did quite well as a GM. Then he went to San Francisco. That place was a disaster. The owners had just fired Jim Harbaugh and in favor of Jim Tomsula. No, I’m not kidding. They really did that. Once again, there was a front office power struggle going on, and the same organization that let Harbaugh get away, let Kelly get away. Did getting rid of Kelly solve S.F.’s problems? Well, they’re 1-9. They just won their first game last week. So now we see how well Philly is doing, thanks in part to Kelly’s role as the GM, and we see that S.F. was a train wreck anyway. Now Kelly doesn’t look so bad again. Funny how that works. How did Cleveland let Belichick get away? Funny how that works.

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    Chip was an awful head coach and worst GM. He thought his system could win and not the players. He let McCoy go during his prime for a MLB (Alonso) coming off a serious knee injury. He cut Jackson and let Maclin walk and thought the offense would be better(It stunk that last year). He couldn’t develop Nelson Agholor and wasted a 1st rd pick on Marcus Smith a player projected to go in th 3rd or 4th rd. The main complaint I have is that by him insisting on a 3-4 defense, and playing the hurry up offense constantly, he wasted 3 years of the prime of Cox, Graham and Curry while overexposing his defense constantly by having the most 3 and out in the NFL. You cannot run your players in the ground like that in the NFL there are only 45 players active on game day. He def needs to go back to College.

  8. Chip is perfect for the college game. He turned Oregon into a national title contender in 4 years usually dealing with 2 and 3 star recruits with the occasional 4 and 5 star sprinkled in at the end of his tenure there. Imagine what he could do at Florida or Tennessee pulling top recruits, could be scary. Dude can coach offense there’s no doubt about it. He dominated the pac 12 while he was there.

  9. Chip Kelly and his gimmick offense did not last long in the NFL and I don’t expect him to last long if he gets another coaching job in college. Chip thinks he is better and smarter than everybody and he has to much on an ego to be able to be successful and have relationships with his players!!

  10. Modell fired Belichick when he moved the team to Baltimore. Study the history of the game a little more…

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    And tried to convince Robert Kraft he would regret hiring Belichick.

  11. I seriously cannot believe he has supporters out there. He’s gone on record saying he didn’t enjoy the recruiting aspect of college football and now that every team has “swagged out” uniforms and runs spread concepts I don’t see what there is to gain from this stubborn, smug, grump.

  12. Objectivefootballfan…his players at Oregon loved him & they stay in contact to this day. He was a players coach in college. Obviously it’s easier to get college kids to buy-in to your system. I do think if he had gotten Mariota as his QB he may have had a different outcome, but I’m very happy about Mariota at Tennessee.

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